Stories of Remembrance

Air Force, First World War (1914-18)Private Louis Henry Salamito ,Died serving his country during the First World War

As he rests in perfect sleep, his memory we will always keep.
Ralph Parmenter Bennett

Private Louis Henry Salamito was born in West Ham, Essex, near London, in February 1895, son of Louis. The UK 1911 census shows him employed as a 'cart boy' until he emigrated to Melbourne with his family in 1913. Louis enlisted in the AIF on September 30, 1916, service # 7076, and was assigned to the 23rd Reinforcement Company for the 6th Battalion. He sailed for France with his AIF unit on HMAT Hororata, November 23, 1916, arriving Plymouth, England on January 29, 1917. Following three months Army training at Folkestone, Kent, he joined the 6th Battalion, AIF in Flanders, Belgium on May 11, 1917. Private Salamito died of wounds received shortly after going over the top in the opening hour of the Battle of Menin Road on September 20, 1917. It was reported by several members of his third platoon, 6th Battalion, that he was hit by a German shell which amputated his right leg and caused severe injuries to his right arm and left leg. Private Salamito was evacuated by stretcher to the 1st Australian Field Ambulance casualty dressing station located at Clapham Junction but he died of his wounds shortly after arrival. He was buried near the dressing station, however his body was later buried in the 'The Huts', Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery 6 kilometers southwest of Ypres, Belgium. Louis was survived by his parents and his sister Alice of Wellington, New Zealand. In a 1922 memorandum entry in the Melbourne Argus his father Louis wrote "As he rests in perfect sleep, his memory we will always keep".

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